William Morris Endeavor


Endemol Shine exec confirms sale is imminent

The sale of Endemol Shine Group is reaching its final stages, with a deal expected in “a month or two”. Endemol chief creative officer Peter Salmon confirmed on Tuesday (18 September) at the Royal Television Society’s London conference that the business is close to reaching a deal, with new ownership expected to be in place […]

Ex-WME television chief joins TV4

Former William Morris Endeavor television co-chief Mark Itkin has joined emerging digital content business TV4 Entertainment as a senior advisor. Itkin is best known for a three-decade career as an agent in Hollywood, and packaged shows such as Deal or No Deal, Project Runway and The Real World for TV. He is considered a driving force behind […]

Hollywood heavyweights form Critical board

Mark Itkin, Lauren Zalaznick and Frank Biondi are among the big name Hollywood execs that form fledgling prodco Critical Content’s new board. LA-based Critical launched at the start of the year after Anchorage, a senior secured lender of Relativity Media, bought the assets of Relativity Television. Having secured a series of deals in its first […]

Warner Bros. veteran exits for WME

Long-serving Warner Bros. Television business development exec Dan Limerick has left the studio for talent agency William Morris Endeavor. Limerick was Warner Bros. head of business development at its TV arm, but moves to WME to run its TV biz dev arm. Former incumbent Catherine Sugar has moved to a new post as head of […]

IMG agrees $2.3bn sale to WME

The owners of IMG have agreed to sell the sports rights and marketing business to talent agency William Morris Endeavor and its private equity partner Silver lake for US$2.3 billion. IMG is currently owned by Forstmann Little & Co., which acquired it for US$750 million in 2004 and it was put on the block in […]

East meets West as Japan opens its Treasure Box

The double whammy effect of not importing formats and lengthy primetimes filled with original shows means Japanese broadcasters are prolific producers of entertainment series. Takeshi’s Castle, Dragon’s Den, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Iron Chef are huge properties that originated in Japan, but the number of hit international formats is small in proportion to the […]